Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms in Singapore: Molluscum contagiosum is a minor skin infection caused by a virus. Small bumps appear on the skin, anywhere on the body.
Molluscum contagiosum virus causes small bumps to appear on the skin. These are usually raised and smooth. They may be the same color as the surrounding skin, or they may appear pink or white. The surface of an MC bump is often described as having a “pearly” appearance, because it’s smooth, round, and shiny like a pearl, or as looking “waxy.” Sometimes, there’s a small indentation in the center of the bump, in which case they are referred to as umbilicated because it looks as though each lesion has a navel. They are usually small, about 1-5mm in diameter, although they can become larger (usually in cases where the immune system is suppressed, such as from AIDS or chemotherapy). These bumps are not painful, although they are sometimes mildly itchy, and they may become irritated (for instance, by rubbing on clothing).
It may take several weeks after the exposure to the virus for the bumps to begin forming. In some cases, it takes up to 6 months, although 2-7 weeks is most common.
There is usually an area of the body where several of these MC bumps are present. The bumps can spread from one area to another, in a process called autoinoculation, which essentially means self-spreading. When the bumps are touched or scratched, and then another area of the body is touched, the virus is transferred to the new area, and bumps may appear there.